EXPO 2020 - Events
‘Connecting Minds and Creating the Future’
It's opening month and Expo 2020 is kicking off with a bang. Where To can't wait to be there and start exploring but in the meantime here are some of the events coming up that we're most excited about...
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Here at Where To HQ we have handpicked some of our favourite things for you to check out when you visit, whilst listening to the new Expo song on full blast obvs - if you haven’t heard it get on YouTube now!
These things are happening all the way through the Expo Calendar but we thought you wouldn’t want to miss them.
“Colours of The World”
Yes, the Expo has a parade and we're living for it! International performers, dancers and musicians will excite and enthrall audiences in a colourful, moving spectacle showcasing the vibrancy of the world’s different cultures.
Daily at 12.45pm – 1.30pm
Hammour House Art Workshops
Calling all the creatively minded… Learn how to make sustainable paper and use it to sculpt and paints corals. And maybe your artistic creation might even become a centre piece of the on-site art installation.
8th October 2021 – 25th March 2022 1.30pm – 3.30pm (recommended for ages 14+)
This show has everything; music, songs, puppetry, audience participation and even uber-modern digital content. Specially commissioned from Saudi Arabia this show is sure to be fun for all the family.
8th October 2021 – 25th March 2020 Various times throughout the day
Watch how theses giant skeletons made from Dutch electricity pipes - known as the “Strandbeests” - come to life and are able to walk and move powered by wind energy.
28th October – 3rd November 2021 various times throughout the day
Family Friendly Must Dos at Expo 2020
Be amazed at the Strandbeest creations. Check them out here.
Expo is a great place for children of all ages to learn and have loads of fun. Make sure your kids have their Expo passports ready, so they can get a stamp from every country pavilion they visit and they are so excited about the different attractions that I’ve been telling them about. While they are at the Expo they can witness groundbreaking scientific developments, visit space, learn about the ocean and our planet, and experience a whole wide-world of different cultures and technologies.
The children’s activities are presided over by the Expo mascots Latifa and Rashid, who will be on-hand to entertain and educate with singalongs, stage shows and dancing. And for the older kids more than 150 of the cutest looking robots will greet visitors, provide assistance and help with hospitality services.
Here are some of the things we’re looking forward to most:
For the younger ones
The Vintage Venetian Carousel
Everyone loves a carousel, and this one looks a little bit special adorned with hand painted images of World Expos past. I’m sure the four-year old won’t care about the hand-painted scenes as long as there’s a pink horse to ride on.
Latifa’s Adventures in Space City (Al Forsan Park)
Centred around a replica of the UAE’s space probe ‘Hope’, kids can bounce over nets in ‘zero gravity’ and fly into orbit on the swings.
Rashid’s Playground (Jubilee Park)
Kids will experience an interactive 3D maze based on a humpback whale in this ocean adventure - with sharks on springs, whale slides and ocean liners this will keep the younger ones busy for a while.
Rashid & Latifa’s World Adventure (Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre, Daily)
An ensemble cast will perform the story of the Mascot’s fight against Mr. Scrap through music, dance and theatre.
Salama’s Secrets (Al Wasl Plaza - Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings)
In this 360° show young audience members will help Latifa and Rashid battle the naughty Mr. Scrap and restore our planet’s natural beauty.
For the older ones:
A Journey aboard The Expo Explorer
Travel by train can evoke a kind of romantic nostalgia, but this train is very firmly of the future! It is in fact pollution-free as it runs on compressed air, taking you on a sightseeing journey and demonstrating sustainable possibilities in the future of transport.
Alif - The Mobility Pavilion
Boasting the worlds largest elevator, the Foster+Partners designed Alif promises to wow visitors with its focus on global development through the ages, future cities and space travel. A partly covered and partly open air 330m track where you can see cutting-edge mobility tech in action is sure to capture the imagination of budding young scientists and inventors.
Meeting the Robot Penguins - Monaco Pavilion
What kid doesn’t love robots - and penguins? At the Monaco Pavilion they have combined them into a game, with a serious educational point. I have high hopes for robot penguins.
SpaceX Rocket - USA Pavilion
The future of space travel is here! Visitors can see the mighty SpaceX Falcon on display alongside moon rocks and the US Mars Rover. A real treat for young space fans (and older ones too).
Hyperloop - Spain Pavilion
If your kids are into sci-fi, this should fire up their imaginations. The technology is from a Valencia based technology start-up business and when it’s perfected aims to bring 1000km/h travel to the masses.
Vision - Saudi Arabia Pavilion
This is the world’s largest interactive lighting floor, with 7998 LED lights which react with visitors movements. It’s art and technology combined and will be something which just has to be experienced. In case that’s not enough to wow the tweens, you can also see the world’s largest LED mirror screen here too.
Make sure to check out all these amazing events and more at www.expo2020dubai.com and don't forget to let us know what your favourite activities were at Expo 2020!
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